The Justice Department moved Friday to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from prosecution after the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress.
The contempt vote technically opened the door for the House to call on the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to bring the case before a grand jury. But because U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen works for Holder and because President Obama has already asserted executive privilege over the documents in question, some expected Holder’s Justice Department to balk.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole confirmed in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that the department in fact would not pursue prosecution. The attorney general’s withholding of documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, he wrote, “does not constitute a crime.”
Instead of criminal prosecution, our spineless Republicans are going to take the civil court approach, which is nearly guaranteed to fail. Smoke and mirrors.
Republicans technically have a handful of other options if the Justice Department still refused to take the case to a grand jury.
Republicans could move to appoint a special prosecutor or even move to impeach. The last time that happened with a Cabinet member, though, was in 1876—with the impeachment trial of war secretary William Belknap.
Hill said lawmakers are not looking at that option for Holder. They remain focused on the civil court route.
To my surprise, it turns out that Congress does actually have to power to arrest people, although they have very rarely exercised that power. Not once in the last 75 years. This is under the rule of Inherent Contempt.
… the process, known as inherent contempt, is well-established by precedent, has been confirmed by multiple Supreme Court rulings, and is available to any Congress willing to force such a confrontation.
“The House is scared to death to use the inherent contempt power,” said Mort Rosenberg, a fellow at the Constitution Project and author of “When Congress Comes Calling.” “They’re scared to death because the courts have said … the way the contempt power is used is unseemly. It’s not that it’s unconstitutional, because it’s been upheld by four Supreme Court decisions, but unseemly to have somebody go arrest the attorney general.”
That’s why it’s been more than 75 years since either chamber has used the option ...
So, do you think they will do it? Hella No!! The flacid phallus in charge, crybaby John
Boner Boehner has already broken this one remaining arrow in the Legislature’s quiver.
Republicans say it’s not even under consideration, with House Speaker John A. Boehner’s spokesman flatly ruling it out.
So what is the bottom line? The bottom line is that a solid year’s worth of investigating one of the most onerous acts every perpetrated by the federal government was never more than just smoke and mirrors. A sideshow to keep the Conservative Masses happy. Nothing more. Because when push comes to shove, and it’s time to firmly thrust, the Boehner remains flaccid. It wouldn’t look classy if they did what needed to be done, so this highest of high crimes and misdemeanors will go unpunished.
Fuck, even Bob Dole has his Viagra.
Once again you have been sold out by the Republicans in DC. The spineless party, so afraid of looking bad that they won’t prosecute murder or an overt act of war.
It is coming time to get really ugly.
Why is this any big surprise - most of them were part and parcel to this debacle. Go for Impeachment of the big o - and see what falls out of THATinvestigation.
Well, you didnt expect them to lynch a Black Guy now did you? DID YOU?,Lol!
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